Quick Guide: The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida

by Carrie McLaren with 1 comment

During our recent trip to the Beach House Suites by Don Cesar in St. Pete Beach, Florida we took a short drive over to downtown St. Pete to visit the famed Dali Museum.

I was excited to catch the Disney & Dali exhibit in its final days and introduce my kids to the incredible works of Salvador Dali. It was the girls first official day of summer vacation – let’s squeeze in some learning, right?!

Quick Guide- Exploring the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida - blog

image courtesy of Visit St. Petersburg / Clearwater

Here’s a quick guide to help you plan your own visit to the Dali Museum

What to Expect at the Dali Museum

I was excited to learn that the museum offered audio tours with complimentary headsets and devices included with museum admission. The folks at the front desk got us all set up and ready to learn as we made our way through the museum.

Dali Museum - Lobster Telephone

If you’re traveling with kids, be sure to choose the “Mr. Moustache” tour designed especially for little ones. Even at seven years old, my Maggie had no problem following along with the prompts and quickly figured out how to work the device.

I found myself following my girls through the exhibit halls of the museum. Seeing them learn and explore the museum was incredible to see. There is also a kid’s scavenger hunt to look for specific works of art as they make their way through the permanent collection. Upon completion, kids can choose a small prize from the toy box at the end of their tour.

Kids Exploring the Dali Museum

If you need a bite to eat while you’re at the museum, visit the Cafe Gala just off of the main lobby for sandwiches, soups, tapas and even beer and wine – all with a Spanish flair in tribute to Dali himself. The cafe is also open for breakfast. If it isn’t raining, grab a seat in the Avant-Garden – a peaceful place for reflection.

Fun Facts About the Dali Museum

** The museum collection features more than 2,000 works comprised of 96 oil paintings; more than 100 watercolors and drawings; and 1,300 prints, photographs, sculptures and archives of documents.

** The collection was originally located in Cleveland, Ohio and moved o St. Petersburg in 1982.

**  The museum’s current location opened on January 11, 2011.

** The building’s glass bubble is known as the “Enigma” and is made up of 1,062 triangular pieces of glass. It stands 75 feet at its tallest point and serves as a twenty-first century homage to the dome that adorns Dali’s museum in Spain.

Dali Museum - Interior

Plan Your Visit to The Dali Museum

The Dali Museum is in the heart of Downtown St. Pete with on-site parking available for $10. There’s also the St. Petersburg Downtown Looper Trolley that stops at the museum – you can ride for 50 cents.

Tickets to the museum include access to each of the galleries, the audio guides and also the scheduled guided tours. (Check the list of guided tour times when you arrive at the front desk – there are many throughout the day.)

PRO TIP: The museum stays open late on Thursday evenings and admission is only $10 for adults and $8 for children.

For out-of-town visitors, the Loews Don Cesar Hotel and the Loews Beach House Suites have accommodations packages available that include tickets to the museum.


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** My family and I received complimentary admission to the museum. Thoughts and opinions here are my own. ** 

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